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Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Animals

27 Apr

This week our Top 10 Tuesday prompt is animals from books. I had a post like that back in November. Could I come up with another? Yes! I love when authors include animals. Some of these books I have read; others are in my TBR pile.

Do you have a favorite book that features an animal?

For more bookish animals, head over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Bookish Animals

Wild And Wonderful

A wild boar from More Than Meets The Eye by Karen Witemeyer

A python from Belinda Blake And The Snake in The Grass by Heather Day Gilbert

A parrot from Trial And Error by Robert Whitlow

Canine Companions

Called to Protect by Lynnette Eason

Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink

No Filter by Heather Day Gilbert

Friendly Felines

The Cat That God Sent by Jim Kraus

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

Crime And Poetry by Amanda Flower

Book Review + Giveaway! — Cold Case Pursuit

21 Jan

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About The Book

Book:  Cold Case Pursuit

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cold Case PersuitA cold case solved by the K-9 unit…

but the past is not so easily escaped.

Decades after her parents’ murders, Penelope McGregor’s grateful the killer’s finally been identified—until he comes after her. Now Detective Tyler Walker and his K-9 partner, Dusty, must protect Penelope and catch the culprit…while making sure his little girl stays out of the crosshairs. But can the single father outplay a killer whose endgame will leave no one safe?


Click here to get your copy!


About The Author

dana mentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Poisoned Pen Press, and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself puttering around her Northern California backyard. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, and a chubby box turtle. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)


More from Dana

I love book covers with adorable children on them, don’t you? There’s something so angelic about those wee folks on the covers. I have two bear cubs myself, young adults now, and I love them devotedly. Tell you what though. Sometimes, just occasionally mind you, they were a wee bit naughty. Don’t tell anyone, but one reason I enjoyed writing Cold Case Pursuit so much is that hero Tyler is the single dad of a little girl named Rain who is….er…a handful. Sure, she’s adorable, but she’s prone to disobedience and the occasional tendency to flush things down the toilet. So in addition to the edge of your seat pursuit of a murderous clown killer, there are the shenanigans of a precocious preschooler, a highly trained yet distractible police K-9, and a romance that doesn’t exactly run smoothly. Fun to write? You betcha! I hope you enjoy coming along with me on this True Blue adventure!


My Impressions:

Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink is the 7th book in the multi-author True Blue K9 Unit: Brooklyn series. I didn’t know that when I chose this book to read. Did it make a difference in my enjoyment of the book? Not at all. Mentink does a great job of creating a book that can stand alone. Of course after being introduced to great characters and their doggie companions, I have to go back and read the rest of the books. Cold Case Pursuit features Penny McGregor and Tyler Walker. Penny was a witness to her parents brutal murders 20 years before. The killer is back and now targeting Penny. Her job with the K9 unit doesn’t deter the killer in the least, but it does allow her to have a lot of personal protection. Tyler is one of those who takes on her case. The two have lots of baggage to say the least, but sparks fly between the two that are hard to put aside. Their romance is rocky and the danger continues to ramp up. For fast-paced suspense fans, Cold Case Pursuit is a good choice. The action never bogs down. The characters, especially the 4-legged ones, are endearing. If you are a dog lover, this one is for you too. The details of the K9 unit are fascinating as the officers work with their partners in a variety of ways, each with specific skills and purpose. There is a strong faith message that runs throughout, but I never felt like it was preachy. Just ordinary people depending on a big God to protect, provide, and guide.

If you are looking for a quick weekend read, then Cold Case Pursuit is a good choice. Even if your plans involve staying right at home, this book will sweep you away. And if you finish quickly, you know there are a lot more books in the series to read. 😉


Audience: adults

(Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 19

KarenSueHadley, January 19

Bigreadersite, January 19

Through the Fire Blogs, January 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 20

Remembrancy, January 21

Genesis 5020, January 21

By The Book, January 21

For the Love of Literature, January 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 22

CarpeDiem, January 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 23

Blogging With Carol, January 23

Inklings and notions, January 24

Fiction Book Lover, January 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Batya’s Bits, January 24

Betti Mace, January 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 25

Labor Not in Vain, January 25

Hebrews 12 Endurance, January 26

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 26

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 27

Lighthouse-Academy, January 27

Older & Smarter?, January 27

Artistic Nobody, January 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Splashes of Joy, January 28

Mary Hake, January 28

For Him and My Family, January 29

Simple Harvest Reads, January 29 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Pause for Tales, January 29

deb’s Book Review, January 30

Hallie Reads, January 30

To Everything There Is A Season, January 30

She Lives To Read, January 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 1

Daysong Reflections, February 1

Bizwings Blog, February 1


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including a $50 Amazon gift card and a tote bag!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Top Ten Tuesday — Winter TBR

15 Dec

Baby, it’s cold outside! At least for middle Georgia, that is. I know many of you have already had snow and really, really cold temperatures, but in the sunny South it is officially winter when we have to put on a coat. 😉 All that to say — welcome Winter and the Winter TBR! This week I am featuring books that I want to get read in the next few months. Some are book club selections, others are awaiting reviews, and some are just because. There are a variety of genres too — historical, suspense, Regency, romance — something for everyone. I hope you find one from my list that you will love too.

For more fun TBR lists, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.



Top 10 Books on The Winter TBR


Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark

The Earl’s Lady Geologist by Alissa Baxter


For The Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson

Illusion by Ginny Yttrup

Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman

Lethal Intent by Cara Putman


The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill

Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

Book Review: Fetching Sweetness

24 Aug

fetching sweetness FNL.inddStanding between Stephanie and her dream is one hundred pounds of lovable trouble.

It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author’s valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.

But Agnes’s canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog…thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.

Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it’s a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.


DMentink-361Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.


My Impressions:

She’s a bookaholic, he’s into movies. Both of them are trying to bring to life other’s dreams. But is that what God really wants for theme? Along the way they acquire a few critters that show them the way to go. That, in a nutshell, is Dana Mentink’s latest slightly quirky, thoroughly sweet romance, Fetching Sweetness. Oh, there is more to the story, but you’ll just have to dive in to find out what scrapes and adventures Stephanie Pink, super associate literary agent and bad boy movie theater mogul Rhett Hastings encounter.

Fetching Sweetness is full of big personalities from two-legged characters Stephanie and Rhett to the four-footed, furry characters of Sweetness and Panny. This contemporary romance takes place on the road in a rusting and leaking aged travel trailer. As Stephanie and Rhett travel up the coast of the Pacific Northwest, they learn a lot about each other and themselves. Namely, that man often plans and plans, but it’s God’s path that counts. Both characters have been on the outs with God. Rhett is trying to hear God’s voice, but Stephanie doesn’t want anything do with what God wants. Stephanie believes  . . . her plan was better. Unless it wasn’t. (p. 192) Wow, that sounds so familiar to me. The theme of God’s plans vs man’s plans runs throughout the novel. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:

God loved bad men too, sinners one and all. That was comforting. But He worked things out in unexpected ways, and that was not. (p.60)

. . . just because things don’t go according to plan, that doesn’t mean they’re turning out wrong. (p. 160)

I admit that this book started out a bit slow for me, but it really didn’t take long to be captured by the fun and funny, real and relatable characters and of course the cute dogs! Spiritual truths tended to hit me on the head, making me stop and think a bit before continuing.

Fetching Sweetness is a good weekend kind of book — when you have some time to relax and spend a few hours reading. How about taking it along on your next road trip!


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and Harvest House for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)




Celebrate the release of Fetching Sweetness with Dana by entering to win the Sweetness Unleashed Prize Pack!
One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of Fetching Sweetness
A $75 Visa cash card
A library book necklace
A dog-inspired insulated shopping tote



Enter today by clicking HERE, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 24. The winner will be announced August 25 on Dana’s blog.

Book Review: Sit, Stay, Love

21 Apr

UnknownTake one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . . .

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

DMentink-361Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.
Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.

My Impressions:

What can be better than a story that features a dog? A love story that features an adorable dog! Sit, Stay, Love is a contemporary romance with plenty of sparks and a dog that always steals the show. Gina, the pet-sitter, and Cal, the pro baseball player, don’t hit it off at first. But Tippy, an overweight, geriatric Dachshund knows how to shake things up, even with a man who is grieving and a woman who thinks she’ll never really measure up. A quick and humor-filled read, Sit, Stay, Love is a sure winner.

There is a lot to love about this novel. The characters are genuine and relatable with real life emotions, doubts, hurts and fears. The plot is inventive and keeps the pages turning. The faith message is woven seamlessly throughout. And of course their is Tippy. Tippy is clueless, lovable and slightly mischievous and wins the hearts of whoever she encounters, including this reader. The best thing about this book? A portion of the sales will go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue!

Perfect for those who love a light romance or for your favorite dog lover, Sit, Stay, Love is a recommended read!


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



One grand prize winner will receive:

A copy of Sit, Stay, Love
A $75 Visa cash card
A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies
Travel-themed decorator box
Reading dog statue
Dog journal
Poems for Dog Lovers
Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site
Pawprint scarf
Doxie desk pen
Pupmobile auto magnet


Enter today by clicking HERE. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana’s blog.